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Court Big Decision On Rahul Gandhi's Request In Modi Surname Case Today

Rahul Gandhi, aged 52, received a two-year prison sentence in Gujarat on March 23. The court found him guilty due to a speech he delivered during the 2019 Lok Sabha campaign.
 
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New Delhi: Today, the Gujarat High Court will make a crucial decision regarding Rahul Gandhi's plea to suspend his conviction in a defamation case related to his 2019 remark about the Modi surname. If the High Court grants his request, Rahul Gandhi's membership in the Lok Sabha will be reinstated, providing a significant relief for the Congress leader in preparation for the upcoming 2024 national election.

However, if the court rejects his petition and refuses to suspend his conviction, he will remain disqualified as a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament. It's worth noting that Rahul Gandhi will not be imprisoned since his two-year sentence has already been temporarily halted by the Surat court.

In case of an unfavorable outcome, Rahul Gandhi has the option to approach the Supreme Court with his request. Earlier in May, the High Court declined to grant interim relief to Rahul Gandhi and indicated that its final decision would be announced after the summer vacation, which concluded three weeks ago.

During an April 29 hearing, Rahul Gandhi's lawyer argued that a two-year jail term for a "bailable, non-cognizable offense" could result in permanent and irreversible loss of his Lok Sabha seat, highlighting the severe consequences for both him and his constituency.

According to the law, an MP faces disqualification if sentenced to two years or more in prison.

On March 23, Rahul Gandhi, aged 52, received a two-year prison sentence in Gujarat for a speech he made during the 2019 Lok Sabha campaign. The case was filed by Purnesh Modi, a BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister, in response to Rahul Gandhi's statement questioning the prevalence of the surname "Modi" among alleged thieves.

As a result of his conviction, Rahul Gandhi, who represented Wayanad in Kerala as a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament, was promptly disqualified from his position.

Challenging the court's decision, Rahul Gandhi appealed to a sessions court in Surat and requested a stay on his conviction. While he was granted bail on April 20, the court refused to suspend his conviction. Subsequently, he took his case to the High Court.